April 28, 2017

Five for Friday-Jazz Fest time!

Hello!  It has been a crazy week and I have not had time to cook or blog!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites! I am going to just explain my absence.


I went to Ohio last weekend for the Delta Gamma Institute.  It was amazing!  I met so many amazing ladies and learned a lot.  And got to see my Ohio family!  I packed a lot into 48 hours!

I got to visit the DG headquarters and nerd out!
My roommate Adrienne from Philly and I were instant friends!  I miss her already!

Top row: Philly, New Orleans, Columbus, Westchester.
Bottom: Maine.  That's right, the whole state has one alum chapter!

My cousin Meghan and her friends (and their cute baby) came and met me before I flew back.


When I got back, my sweet Gentleman Caller not only made us dinner with one hand, he made a whole chicken so I could have lunch for the week and not have to grocery shop.  I never thought I would appreciate something like that but I certainly did!  Ginger and I ate like queens this week!


I went to my usual Wednesday night yoga, but with different companions this time...my parents! They invited themselves!  I think they enjoyed it.  We enjoyed some beers for them and rose' for me after!

Multiple person selfies are hard!  My parents are so fun!


I am only working 4 day weeks this month (because I take off on Fridays) and it is catching up with me, we are super busy and I have not had a lunch break to catch up on blogging #thestruggleisreal


Today starts Jazz Fest!  It is my favorite day of the year!  My sister and her best friend and I wear our Fest Friends Forever shirts and do the fest.  I live two blocks away so it will be a party at my house the next two weekends!

Love these ladies!

So I'll probably be MIA around here for awhile but I will be doing my best to instagram and snap.  I still can't get Insta stories.  I feel dumb.  Help me!  Have a great weekend!  I hope to be back Monday with a Jazz Fest Weekend One recap like I did last year!  Tell me what you are up to in the comments!

Happy Cooking!


April 25, 2017

Another beige meal (Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce and Cauliflower Rice)

For some reason, whenever Amanda at Meet at the Barre puts a recipe up on her Friday favorites I have to make it that weekend. Its like she reads my mind of what is in my fridge or on my radar. My favorite time that happened was when I made these buffalo chicken tacos. Man those were good! This time I decided to take over Sunday dinner for the Gentleman Caller, who has an injury to his writing hand. The weekend before he had made an Asian inspired sauce and those leftovers plus stuff in my pantry and a few additions at the store had me set. 

I love using riced cauliflower and am so happy that Trader Joes has opened and does it for me!   These meatballs were good, but that was because I added a little bit of my bacon grease from my fridge for fat and I cut down the cooking time.  I tested them with a thermometer so I wouldn't kill us, don't worry!

The sauce was way thinner than her recipe.  I don't know if that is because I used peanut butter instead of almond butter or because my coconut milk wasn't thick enough.  It still tasted good and my man had them for lunch the next day and reported that they were even more delicious. I would suggest making a cornstarch slurry just in case to thicken it up. The color of this dish reminded me of funny times with beige meals.  This one was way healthier!  Try this with the almond butter and let me know if that was my mistake.  It is full of yummy flavor and you will love it!  Full recipe after the jump.
Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce and Cauliflower Rice
I am glad I got a glimpse of a carrot, I always feel unhealthy when I eat beige meals!

April 21, 2017

Five For Friday-One week till Jazz Fest!

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday!  Linking up with the lovely Amanda for Friday Favorites.  The next two weekends are Jazz Fest and I am so excited.  Here we go!

I am heading to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Delta Gamma Institute and a quick visit with my pretty cousins!  It is not a "real" vacation like I have been craving and stalking someone to start planning it with me, but it is nice to get out of town, catch up on reading, and earn free Southwest points!

I finally splurged with my VIB discount at Sephora and got a fancy skincare set.  I went with Sunday Riley because I got their water cream in my Box of Style  and love it!  The power couple kit also got rave reviews!  Lindsay gave me the great idea to do a review.  So when I get it, I will document how it works and see if it was worth the money!  You will get to see my makeup-less mug soon!
Please work!


I love a home tour.  Seeing how other people decorate their home and live are just so fascinating to me.  I really don't miss cable, but every now and then I jones for some HGTV! I am sad to be missing a shotgun homes tour in my neighborhood this weekend while I am out of town.  I am so glad I got to virtually tour this one though!  I love all the white touches, art, and who doesn't love a screened in porch!


In semi related news, since I have gotten rid of SiriusXM too, I am hooked even more on Podcasts.  I loved S-Town and have all my coworkers hooked now.  My new find this week is Terrible, Thanks for Asking.  It is not light and fluffy by any means, but it looks at grieving the loss of loved ones and other tough things that happen in life and coping in healthy positive way.  


I only use my waffle iron for Christmas morning waffles.  But this pin makes me want to break it out and make some yummy stuff.  How good does this Cornbread waffle with chili look?

What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you are having lovely spring weather to enjoy!  Let me know in the comments.  Whatever you do, I hope it is wonderful! 

Happy Cooking!


April 20, 2017

Maybe I'm biased, but everything could use hot sauce (Zoodles with Avocado sauce and Burst Tomatoes)

I am a sucker for pretty pictures of food.  Therefore I am a sucker for Pinch of Yum.  This pin kept popping up on Pinterest, so I finally clicked on over to see what all the fuss was about. I knew, as a zoodle maven, I had to make it.  

I was going to make this for some lunches, but my week got away from me and I decided to have it for dinner one night. I was glad I did because I don't think this was meant to be eaten in several sittings. There are few things I like more than a blistered tomato.  And avocado!  

This was really good, but only after I added some hot sauce.  I made an adjustment to add red pepper flakes in with the sauce, I think it really needs it, although I do live in New Orleans and like spicy food. I just think it needed something to give it a bit more oomph and that did the trick.  But if you are not a fan of spice, leave it out!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Zoodles with burst tomatoes and avocado sauce
This was almost too pretty to eat!

April 19, 2017

Babysitting Win! (Cool Ranch Doritos mac and cheese and Kid approved baked chicken tenders)

As you know I don't have any children of my own, but I borrow my sisters' kids all the time to my testing purposes.  I was set to babysit FOUR little ladies one Saturday evening (am I the best aunt ever or what?) and wanted to make something out of the ordinary and try it out on the three that eat solid food.  I also knew these kids don't eat vegetables unless you hide them, so carbs it was.  I was sick of making Stephen Gurley gravy so  I went on to my favorite Pinterest board, entitled Yummy but Fattening, to see what I could find for a treat.

I found this pin I never really intended to make at home unless I was having a weird dinner party. Mac n Cheese AND Doritos?!  Yes please!  I was going to sub the ground meat for some chicken, but Kate decided she would rather the chicken separate, and her cousin Harper agreed. As a result, I decided to make some super quick baked chicken tenders with it.  I had them in the oven while I was making the mac n cheese. Kate opened the door and looked and said, "I'm probably not going to eat that, just saying."  I remembered my audience and I said, "Well then I'm probably not going to feel like making mug brownies if you don't at least try them."  She smiled and walked away.

And guess what?  She loved the chicken tenders.  So did Harper.  The mac and cheese was not their favorite but I sure enjoyed the heck out of it.  I added the "offensive green stuff" to my plate and it would have been even better if those and garlic and onions were mixed in, like the original recipe.  So make the mac and cheese for adults, and make these chicken tenders for your picky kids,   Full recipe after the montage. 

Cool Ranch Doritos Mac and Cheese
Delicious cheesy goodness!

April 17, 2017

Recapping the weekend-Easter time!

Hi friends!  It's been awhile.  While I did not have a spring break, I did have Friday off and took advantage of the pretty weather and a Platform class.  Then we had our annual family Good Friday crawfish.  The Gentleman Caller came and brought his kiddos and they had a blast with my nieces and nephew while the adults enjoyed crawfish, beer and good company.  Linking up with the lovely Biana for weekending and have a few posts on Meal Plan Monday over at Southern Plate, et al.

So delicious!

April 12, 2017

Not a recipe for an old house (Crockpot deconstructed cabbage rolls)

Disclaimer.  Don't let the backstory make you think this is not a good recipe to make.  

I live in an old house.  Not as old as my 1800's historic home, but it was built in the very early 1900's.  It has a bit of a lean and a wonky back door in my kitchen and my front door has an open old keyhole. Gentleman Caller™ has now created a solution(!) for my back door because there is a lot of daylight coming through and it is getting close to roach season.  I am deathly afraid of roaches. And now because of this recipe, I know I am not crazy to think I needed a fix.  I am so grateful for him and his power tools!

I caught some cabbage at the St. Patrick's Day parade and wanted to use it up and not let it go to waste.  I looked in my pantry and freezer and decided to make some deconstructed cabbage rolls.  I had a Sweet Swine of Mine meeting on the evening that I planned to make this so I offered to bring dinner. And since I wanted to work out too, I put it in my crock pot.  

Well I came home and my house was completely buzzing with flies.  Like an excessive amount of flies.  I thought I had accidentally left my door open but it was closed.  They were just flying around, not swarming on something. What in the world?  I freaked out and yelled expletives at my dog thinking she has pooped in the house.  Nope. It was the damn cabbage. It was so smelly that they came in through the cracks of the house and could not get out.  Luckily I got them all out, and the dinner was actually WAY tastier than it smelled.

The ladies all loved it and it was really good leftover.  Why does cabbage have to be so dang smelly! I put a very small amount of rice in it to soak up excess water but you can add more to make it a true cabbage roll.  Did this story gross you out too much? Sorry if it did.  Please still read on and keep an open mind! Full recipe to follow the montage.

Crockpot deconstructed cabbage rolls
Everything's better with cheese on top!

April 11, 2017

When life throws you cabbage... (Asian inspired cabbage stir fry)

I shared with you before St. Patrick's day how I got a concussion from a cabbage.  The tradition of throwing produce at a parade has always felt a little odd to me, but I knew it had something to do with history, which made my inner nerd okay with it.  Plus, hey, free produce!  My grandmother always grabs as much as she can from the parade to make a big pot of soup.  

I was blessed this year to not be injured and also to come home with two cabbages.  I decided to make a stir fry with one of them.  I searched the blog and never made this exact thing so it turned into a blog post in a lean time when I was much too busy to do blog posts.  It was a win win!

If you like cabbage, you will love this.  Even if you don't love it, this is one of the best ways to eat it without bacon and cheese.  Lots of veggies, customizable for your protein choice and you can use any sauce.  It is a perfect weeknight dinner and the leftovers were really good for lunch.  Check this out, and customize it to your liking.  Try pork, steak or shrimp and a different sauce, make it yours, get inspired!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Asian inspired cabbage stir fry (low carb)
So colorful and comforting.

April 7, 2017

Five for Friday-Longest week in April

Hi friends, happy Friday!  This is my only full work week this month and it was very long!  Looking forward to a relaxing weekend starting with a massage after work!  Hope you had a great week! Linking up with the lovely Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Here we go!


We got our results from Hogs for the Cause!  We raised just a tinch under $16,000.00 and came in 15th out of 92 teams in porkpourri, which is the creative use of pork dish!  I about cried, what an accomplishment! I'm already thinking of ideas for next year.  Love these ladies and so proud of all of our hard work to kick cancer in the butt!

April 5, 2017

Sometimes Carbs happen (Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño)

I live the little to no carb lifestyle, but sometimes you just crave carbs.  Or get drunk and want to cook and eat carbs.  This post is a result of the latter.  We went to my friend Rebecca's for the St. Patrick's Day parade and I was a little tipsy when I got home alone.  I was hungry and I wanted carbs. I usually just go to my old lower carb swap favorite, a corn tortilla pizza, but I was out of tortillas. But I did have capellini, my favorite pasta.  

I had a recipe on my fridge I had ripped out of Real Simple because I knew I had all the ingredients either on hand, or usually on hand.  And when I saw it on my fridge that day, it was like true love, I had to have it for dinner.  

This was very good, a little spicy, a little sweet and really warmed my little carb deprived heart.  It was ready pretty quick and was very easy to make.  You should make this sometime as a twist on your regular spaghetti, you will love it and your people will thank you! Next time I will be a good girl and make it with zoodles. Full recipe to follow the montage.

Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Hello pasta, how I've missed you!

April 4, 2017

Plated wins again (Roasted Rainbow Carrots And Burrata with Quinoa and Blood Orange salad)

My most viewed, shared and popular post is far and away my scathing review of Blue Apron.  What should be is my past reviews of Plated.  They are far and away my favorite of the mail order dinner programs.  But, as I have explained before, these services are not for me. One of my favorite things in the world to do is meal plan and grocery shop; the purpose of these services is to do that for you.  I love getting a box from Hollygrove Market and then figuring out what I am going to do with it.  And a few weekends ago I did just that and set out to figure out to do with blood oranges, rainbow carrots and what I thought was arugula but ended up being spinach.

I searched for a proper lunch with those items and could not find anything.  I searched my emails and all I got was an email asking me to order Plated again.  It contained a recipe for just what I was looking for.  I figured why not, they never disappointed me before!

This was so different and really yummy.  It is the perfect lunch, and can make a nice light dinner. Burrata is truly a delicacy and blood oranges are so delightful.  I swear mine are really those even though they don't look it!  Try this, and try Plated if you haven't and you are into the meal delivery thing.  Full recipe to follow.

Roasted Carrots and Burrata with Qunioa and blood oranges
Local and yummy food is the best!

April 3, 2017

Recapping the Weekend- Hogs for the Cause!

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  As you know it was Hogs for the Cause this weekend!  As a whole we raised over a MILLION DOLLARS for families suffering with pediatric brain cancer.  We are not sure of our individual team total but we came in 19th of 92 teams.  Not bad for a bunch of ladies with no corporate sponsor!  We did not come in top 10 for any food categories but there are professional chefs and pitmasters out there.  This lawyer and part time foodie cannot compete!

We had a blast, barely slept, had too much pork and and just enough beer from Nola Brewing.  I cannot put it all into words and pictures but here I try.

Our sweet little tent.  We had so much fun with the men of the Boar's Nest we will never not set up next to them.  They literally won the party category and we certainly helped!
This nerdy little lawyer was trying to be safe and remove tripping hazards!

We rubbed some butts

And then went to see DJ Jubilee and Partners in Crime at the Deuce Pigalo Pork Gigolo tent.

Going in the smoker!

Laura and I slept out with the smoker.  We had some issues with our smoker but the meat was fine

Porkpourri entry!

Our staple for the masses, a Zapp's pulled pork pie.

My niece got to play on the bullhorn as per tradition!

Such a great weekend.

Our captains went up to accept our fundraising prize...Champagne!

Love these ladies and can't wait until next year!

We shut down the Boar's Nest after to celebrate!
If you ever get the chance to come, it is a blast!  And a delicious fun way to raise money for charity!

Happy Cooking!


March 31, 2017

Five for Friday-Hogs for the Cause time!

Hi my dears!  Happy Friday!  I cannot believe it is April already!  I have a busy month ahead, with a trip to Ohio and two weekends of Jazz Fest on the books plus Easter.  It's going to be a doozie! Linking up with the beautiful Amanda for Friday Favorites.

I am off today prepping for Hogs for the Cause.  I am the lead chef on Sweet Swine of Mine, the only all female team competing out of 90+ teams.  I am making the ribs and butts on the smoker and our "Porkpourri" dish for the judges.  That is, a creative dish using pork.  With the ribs we are serving a yogurt based slaw, and with the butts we are making our signature dish for the masses, a Zapp's pie, basically a walking taco with Zapp's chips (who kindly donated the chips to us!)


The Gentleman Caller™ and I are going to see Radiohead Monday!  I am so excited.  Its going to be a long weekend of no sleep and smoking meat and that will be a nice treat at the end!  Here is one of my favorites, do you like them? What is your favorite?



Next Tuesday is a Pure Barre pop up at Nola Brewery!  I am loving doing exercise with beer these days! All my Pure Barre pals are going, it should be a fun time raising money for the LASPCA!


How good does this look?  I am making this for a meal or two next week and adding chicken. Getting ready for swimsuit season takes some work!


I love a secret menu.  I had my favorite off the menu salad yesterday and I am for sure going to try this next time I head to Starbucks!  I always do "Adult Cold medicine" when I am not feeling well, but that drink from Starbucks is more office friendly, hee hee!

I hope to have a recap post for you on Monday but that depends on how tired I am Sunday.  I will be Snapping some fun look for me on there: missyquiggs.  Speaking of, I tried insta stories an I just like Snap better.  I can't get behind insta stories.  What say you?  Do I need to?  Hope you have a fantastic weekend full of fun, family. friends and food like I will.

Happy Cooking!


March 30, 2017

Coffee in ball form (No bake Healthy Chocolate Espresso Energy bites with turmeric)

It is breakfast week at My Shitty Kitchen in case you can't tell.  I have been trying everything to replace my formerly beloved green smoothies.  This is another recipe that I pinned to try.  These energy balls had a bunch of great ingredients that made me feel healthy, and I could skip that second cup of coffee with the espresso beans!  Sounded like a winner!

These are good, but are a serious mess and may offend people who have a texture issue, as in you don't like sticky gooey stuff.  But all in all they taste great and are so different! I bet they would be better if I had gotten a smaller grind on the chocolate covered espresso beans.  Or maybe if I subbed powdered espresso mixed with cocoa powder?  That's an idea! Also the original recipe called for ginger and I was out of it.  They were just fine without it.

What do you usually have for breakfast?  I am still searching for ideas.  I may be ready to grab my old vegan protein powder and start making smoothies again, nothing is coming my way that replaces them for convenience, nutrients and  full factor! Full recipe to follow the montage.

No bake energy filled breakfast bites
They sure do photograph well!

March 29, 2017

Muffins to the rescue! (Chocolate zucchini breakfast muffins)

As I told you yesterday, I gave up on my breakfast smoothies.  I have been loyal to them for so long and I had a mishap. I tried a new protein powder and I did not like it.  Then,  I dropped one behind my toilet while doing my makeup and my pint glass cracked, sending the purpleish green liquid all over the wall.  It was a double sign that I needed a break.  So now, you are getting some different breakfast ideas on the blog!

You know I just love my Kitchn emails I get.  They always are full of useful information for a meal planning and organization loving foodie like me.  And when I got sick of my smoothies, the Kitchn delivered.  With muffins.  Zucchini bread is always a lovely treat, but with chocolate and oatmeal in muffin form?  Well that sounds like breakfast!

I made these a bit healthier by doing half whole wheat flour and seriously reducing the amount of sugar they called for and they were still delicious.  They say the cinnamon is optional, but I disagree, it is necessary.  Since it made more that I would eat for breakfast, I brought them to work for Tuesday team meeting.  They got rave reviews, including one from our head litigator that made me smile, "I would eat more veggies if they all tasted like that!" Make these, you will love them! And you get hidden veggies! What is not to love? Full recipe to follow the montage.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
I love when they turn out like the picture

March 28, 2017

And now for something from the archives (sweet potato and oatmeal breakfast casserole)

I am a green smoothie in the morning girl.  When I first started this blog I was adjusting to life of having to make them in advance for my Pure Barre schedule since I was used to living literally around the corner from it.  Now I was so sick of them I was desperate for some make ahead breakfast that I could have on the go or really quick.  I decided to check on my Pinned it and Liked it Board (that needs some serious updating) for some inspiration.  I knew I was eating other things for breakfast back then before I made the smoothie switch.

And I saw an old favorite recipe, from an old favorite blog I do not visit enough, Eat 80/20.  I looked around and had kind of everything to make it.  I could improvise a few things and make it a clean out the fridge, healthy breakfast!  So hemp went in the place of flax seeds, (I know, who has hemp hearts on hand but not flax seeds?) (yes, I used to live in Austin, why do you ask?) and almonds replaced the walnuts.  I am not sure what this did to it nutritionally, but still felt healthy and tasted amazing to me!  
Try this, it is really different but I promise it is so good.  Your family will never know they are eating hemp! And the topping feels so decadent without being so, it's really that good!  Full recipe with my modifications to follow the montage.

Yam and oat breakfast casserole
Just chock full of healthy monounsaturated fats and goodness!

March 27, 2017

Recapping the weekend, wedding fun!

Happy Monday my lovelies!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend full of fun.  I definitely did. One of my favorite people got married and it was a weekend full of showing she and her groom love.  Linking up with Biana for weekending.  Here we go!

Friday was the welcome crawfish boil at the beautiful New Orleans Board of Trade.  It is such a lovely venue and the company and crawfish was even more lovely.  It was so great to see old friends, make new ones and shower the bride and groom with love.

It is a popular wedding venue as well.  Such a grand building and perfect weather!
Yes please!  Best time of year!

March 24, 2017

Five for Friday, life is killing the blog!

Hi friends. Happy Friday! It's been a long one and I have never been so ready for a weekend! Linking up with the lovely Amanda for Friday Favorites!


As you can tell last week I was MIA.  Work, fun and general life has been so busy the blog has been suffering.  While I was drafting this, I looked back at a post around this same time that explains it, this is just a busy time of year! I said this was the year of no, and I have not been living that way lately. 

And y'all,  Blogger is killing me.  It takes forever for my photos to upload. Are you having the same issues Blogger peeps? Is it wordpress time?  Is it blog quitting time?  Hopefully I will be catching back up to normal after Hogs for the Cause. I need a break and April is just as crazy!

Speaking of Amanda, I am loving my fashion this weekend that she inspired! My good friend Laura is getting married Saturday and I cannot wait! I will be sporting pink shoes, a floral dress and a fascinator!  Last Friday we had a day of bachelorette fun for Laura.   We had a lovely lunch at Commander's Palace and then bar hopped in the French Quarter.  

Laura is in the Chef hat.  I could not be happier for her!

While all the food was amazing, the shortcake was so good!

I had a lovely day of volunteering for the Southern Eye Bank at Audubon Park last weekend too.  It was such a good event. It matched eye and cornea donor families and those that received the gift of sight for a picnic and fun.

The shirt, so pretty!


I cancelled Sirius XM.  It is not official until today but I took all the presets off and pretended it happened already earlier in the week.  I cancelled that, and one other $15 a month non necessity.  I am going to direct debit the savings into my Capital One 360 account and voila, in a year, I will have saved $400.  I think I can live without fancy radio!


Hogs for the Cause is next weekend!  It is a fabulous event benefitting families fighting pediatric brain cancer.  I am the head chef and will be grilling up a storm.  You can read my recap of last year here.  This year it is at a different location and I am in a much better place in my life so I cannot wait! Luckily  had some time this week to draft blog posts that had been waiting so I can be MIA, but not really!

Hope y'all have fantastic weekends!  I sure am with all the wedding festivities!  What are you up to? Let me know!

Happy Cooking!


March 22, 2017

Yum yum come get you some! (Easy jambalaya with the Jambalaya Girl)

When you live in Louisiana, you are surrounded by good food.  Ask anyone where the best red beans, gumbo, jambalaya or etouffee can be found and usually you will get "My mama's house" and not a restaurant.  My momma is not a great cook, but in my book she makes the best red beans.  My ex used to make the best gumbo, but I dare say mine is now the best since I learned from him and practiced harder to make it better.  And when anyone asks me where the best jambalaya is, I will always say, "it comes out of a box!"

My close friend Kristen is the Jambalaya Girl.  I have introduced her before.  Her mix is so good, most people cannot tell it is a mix.  I made it for the Super Bowl when I lived in Austin, and everyone wanted to know how long it took me.  Well, with the help of the Jambalaya Girl, about 30 minutes! It is so good, so easy and such a treat.  I hadn't had jambalaya in a while and I picked up some of her mix at my Rouses.  

You out there in non New Orleans land can have this dish in your life!  The Jambalaya Girl is on Amazon!  But also if you order from her website and sign up for emails, you also get 10% off your first order. And she makes gumbo too if you don't have a recipe handy, and I can vouch that it is delish!  Check out how easy it is below!

The best and easiest jambalaya you will ever make!
So good, so good!  You have to come get you some!

March 21, 2017

No greens for that new baby! (Roasted root vegetables with smokey seasoning)

I showed you what I made my sister for dinner the other day and this is the other component.  When she is breastfeeding there is no time for the foods we normally love in her diet.  No greens, beans or noodle swaps, just straight meat and potatoes for my nieces when they are babies and growing! I decided to try and roast some veggies and not just make mashed potatoes.  I was having a particularly (I say was, still am) busy week at work and decided to take a break and grocery shop at the fancy Rouses by my office.  I could take a quick break, walk, get my groceries and be happy.

Well my bags split on the way back.  Right at the exit to the big fancy building across the street. I looked ridiculous scooting all the elements of the meal out of the way of a stockbroker's Yukon sneaking out early.  So for the rest of the day I had turnips in my purse!

In any event, this was so yummy!  The spices were just right and the veggies had so much flavor due to the roasting.  No one turned up their noses at the turnips!  Although, it was four adults having this with pretty unpicky palates.  Make this yummy side with roasted chicken, pan seared pork chops, flank steak, or with fish like I did.  You will not regret it.  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Roasted root vegetables with smokey seasoning
I forgot to get a finished product picture, but they look good going into the oven too!

March 14, 2017

A sister birthday dinner (Pan seared Tilapia with strawberry avocado salsa)

I always cook my middle sister a yummy dinner for her birthday.  Last year it was some delicious duck and a random veggie concoction.  This year I was going to do her favorite, lamb, which is not my favorite (that's what a good sister I am!).  Turns out, her birthday was on Ash Wednesday.  Being the good Catholic she is, she requested seafood.  I wanted to opt for vegetarian since I am not a seafood person, but she is breastfeeding and Ruby is averse to most green veggies and beans, so seafood it was.  

I tear out recipes all the time from the magazines to which I subscribe, namely, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens and Food and Wine.  I had one on my fridge for tilapia and salsa from Real Simple and I decided to make that.  But to make it more local with some local strawberries instead of grapefruit. I figured avocado, cilantro and green onions were not as agitating as most greens, and I was not wrong. This was so simple, fresh and delicious, a really easy weeknight meal! I served it with roasted non green veggies which will be forthcoming.

Make this, you will not be disappointed. It made the birthday girl, brother in law and gentleman caller all happy as well as me! The salsa is probably great with chicken or steak too or just on its own.  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Pan Seared Tilapia with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
A colorful light meal perfect for lent and when you are dreaming of summer

March 13, 2017

Recapping the weekend, crawfish everywhere!

Hi friends, happy Monday.  Hope you had a fantastic weekend!  I sure did.  Linking up with the lovely birthday girl, Biana for weekending.  Lots of fun here, let's get into it!

Friday night I had dinner with my high school besties.  We had not all gotten together since our fun trip in August to Mississippi.  We had an even better time this time!  Dinner at the amazing Marcellos and a wonderful catch up.  So luck to be friends for 25 years!

The waiter was not a good photo taker so a selfie had to work
Saturday was the St. Patrick's Day Parade at my friend Rebecca's.  They had crawfish and so much fun.  Long day and so worth it!

March 10, 2017

Five for Friday A sneak peak at St. Patrick's Day!

Hello my gentle readers, Happy Friday! It was a long week and I am ready for Friday!  I was lucky enough to to watch two episodes of This is Us this week, cannot wait for the finale next week! Are you watching? Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Here we go!


Speaking of Amanda...These shoes y'all!  She has had them on heavy repeat and I was drooling over them.  They were out out of my price point and I kept dreaming of them.  Then somehow I stumbled across them on mega sale from Nordstrom!  They are no longer on sale, sorry, but keep checking!  I will be wearing them on heavy repeat this spring for sure!  Thank you for stocking my closet yet again, Amanda!

Also used my new tripod for this one!!

March 9, 2017

Lessons on investing in spices (Curried Chicken and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner)

I love trying out new spins on low carb diners.  First, some housekeeping.  I call my lifestyle the little to no carb lifestyle but to some of you strict low carbers, that is probably a misnomer.  I don't really count carbs unless something comes in packaging.  Which usually I do not buy.  But what I do is, I try not to have an processed or added carbs (think rice, pasta, white potatoes, bread) and stick to lean meats and veggies. This has helped me lose all of my quitting smoking weight and keep most of it off.  I went on a bit of an eat what I want bender lately and have been trying to get back on track!

I saw this on my Pinterest for a curried sheet pan and thought it would be a great little to no carb and exotic treat.  I had turnips leftover from a previous Hollygrove Box that I thought would be a great sub for butternut squash and stopped in at the market to pick up some fresh local Brussels Sprouts.  It was good, but, next time I think I will go to a spice shop and get good curry powder. Or at least get some that is not just to its expiration date. Mine is too celery based and did not have a good depth of flavor.  That is my fault, not this recipe's.  I also think that the butternut squash would have been really good, or even a sweet potato.  In any event, I ate the leftover veggies like a banshee and reused the leftover chicken to make a quick leftovers recipe that is coming.

Make this, you will love how easy and how little cleaning you have after!  Do you make sheet pan dinners? What are some of your favorites?  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Curried Chicken and veggies sheet pan dinner
The cast.  That is a really large onion!  Don't use that curry powder!

March 7, 2017

It takes a village (Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Cacciatore)

My cousin Chelsea lives in LA, as in Los Angeles.  She is too cute and sent me a recipe a while back that she had made for dinner for herself and her man.  I pinned it and forgot about it.  Now that I have photography class on Wednesday nights, that is a night I desperately need a slow cooker recipe I can eat before class in a rush or I will resort to picking up Bud's Broiler  (#4 with hickory Sauce) on the way home after class like a ravenous fool.

I also have been on a weight gaining spree and needed to slow my roll and get back to my little to no carb lifestyle.  This recipe was perfect for that goal as I would just serve it as is with no rice or noodles, kind of like a soup.  I added some of those marinated veggies from Costco I like to add to everything and they were an excellent addition!  Try this, it is really good, lots of depth of flavor, set it and forget it and healthy!  Everyone wins!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Slow Cooker Crock Pot healthy Chicken Cacciatore
A hearty bowl of delicious!

March 6, 2017

Recapping the weekend, recovery and restoring!

Hello friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I sure did, lots of family time, date night, cleaning and purging and fundraising,  it was so good to get a break for Mardi Gras, although the social calendar is ramping up!  Linking up with the lovely Biana for weekending.  Let's get to it!

Friday I took a half day and hung out with two of my favorite munchkins.  They were off school all week and my new momma sister, tax season having momma, newly retired dad and hard working other sister had their fill of taking days.  It was my turn.  I took them to the Louisiana Children's Museum.  It was a good choice, they had a blast!

Captaining a ship was their favorite!

We went to Tutti Frutti after for froyo. Aunt life is the best, it was good to give them back after a long day!

March 2, 2017

A recipe from my files, or lack thereof (Tender juicy pork tenderloin with onion pan sauce)

I love when pork tenderloin tastes good.  But man is it hard to do!  They come out dry sometimes. Flavorless.  Chewy.  Ew!  I made a delicious version of a pork tenderloin a million years ago when I used to email my friends yummy meals I made so they could recreate them.  (How did I not see this blog coming!?)  I looked through my emails and couldn't find it.  I vaguely remembered what I did but not exactly.  Time to recreate!

I was cleaning out my pantry and came across a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, which was the only ingredient I remember about that tenderloin.  I bet myself it would go great with a mustard rub and a white wine pan sauce.  Yup, it sure did!  I brined the tenderloin before cooking, and I have to say that is the best thing to do to ensure they are moist and tender.  Even just a 10 minute brine will do you some good.  I like to do about a half hour.

I paired this with some leftover risotto I made previously and a steamed artichoke, which is one of my favorite things.  The pork was so delicious, and great leftover in some tacos! Try this, you will not regret it!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

tender juicy pork tenderloin with onion pan sauce
That sauce y'all, it is so good!